"Ridership this winter reached 35 percent of peak season activity and there were days during the winter season when the daily number of trips exceeded average summertime use," said Bohnenkamp. Overall, 42,000 trips were taken during the three-month period from Dec. 15, 2013 through March 15, 2014.
After each of its first three years of operation, Denver B-cycle hibernated from mid-December to mid-March. The bikes were removed from the stations and stored in a warehouse. In the fall of 2013, however, Denver B-cycle Board of Directors and staff decided to keep the system available even as the number of hours of daylight diminished and temperatures dropped.
"There were four days this winter in which the system exceeded 1,000 rides per day," said Bohnenkamp. "And our busiest winter day we had 1,337 checkouts. That number exceeds our summer average of 1,313 rides per day and shows that Denver riders don't care what the calendar says, they look at the forecast."